Last night the Saltire Society Literary Awards for 2016 took place at the Central Hall in Edinburgh. 

james hunterThe Awards celebrate literary and academic excellence across six categories with the winner of each of the individual book categories then having a chance of winning the Saltire Book of the Year.

This year the winner of History Book of the year was Professor James Hunter Professor Emeritus at the University of the Highlands and Islands for his book Set Adrift Upon the World, an account of the Sutherland Clearances published by Birlinn. 

The Trust funded part of the research that went into the writing of this book which examines the destruction caused by the forced evictions of thousands of tenant farmers in Sutherland during the nineteenth Century and their remarkable journeys to North America. john kay book

The other Carnegie winner of the night was John KayCarnegie PhD Alumni, winning the Non-Fiction book of the year for Other People's Money: Masters of the Universe or Servants of the People? published by Profile Books. John Kay's detailed analysis assesses the economic contribution of the finance industry and questions the extent to which this major economic sector contributes to the betterment of lives and the efficiency of business. 

The full list of winners can be found here.

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